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The Importance of Preventive Dentistry and Oral Hygiene

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Preventive Care & Oral Hygiene in Etobicoke ON Area

Whether you are bringing your child to Sherway Dentistry for the first time or you're an adult that hasn't visited their dentist in a while, preventive dentistry may seem a little intimidating. But Dr. Shefali Tuli in Etobicoke ON has only one goal in mind for your dental care; helping you maintain good oral hygiene and prevent cavities from forming and check the risk of other oral health complications.

Preventive care and oral hygiene at Sherway Dentistry are designed to keep your family's teeth free from plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease and to help you avoid the risk of any severe treatments. Poor oral care may lead to other complications, so preventing potential problems helps develop more comprehensive protection for your overall health.

What's Involved in Preventive Dentistry?

There are two essential components: a dental exam and a professional cleaning. During your dental exam, Dr. Shefali Tuli will look in your mouth to ensure there aren't any concerns or risks of potential problems in the future. For example, we will look for tooth decay, check your gums to make sure they're healthy, and check for any injuries to your teeth, such as a chipped or broken tooth. We will also take x-rays to get the complete picture of your teeth and gums and monitor any changes. After the exam, the hygienist will clean your teeth, which helps to remove plaque buildup. So, why are these steps so crucial in preventive dentistry?
  • Infection and disease screening- is one of the most important things about your exam. It allows your dentist to monitor for the possibility of oral cancer and other diseases that display symptoms orally. For instance, during a routine dental exam, your dentist may be able to identify lesions at the back of your throat caused by reflux, help you understand the difference between heartburn and other conditions. Your dentist may also find indications of diabetes or anemia based on the colour of your gums, changes in the texture of your gums and mouth.
  • Preventive measures with professional dental cleanings go beyond the cleaning you do at home by flossing and brushing. During a professional cleaning, your hygienist will be able to clean all areas of your teeth and gums that regular brushing may miss. Removing plaque buildup is critical in preventing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which may lead to tooth loss and more severe health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.
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Although an examination and cleaning are essential steps in preventive dentistry, another critical component is patient education. Whether it's a recommendation for a toothbrush that will work the best for your teeth and gums or if it's to answer a question about how to prevent future oral health risks. Our dentist and hygienists will work with you to help you understand your oral health needs and what you can do to make your oral hygiene habits more effective.

To schedule a preventive dentistry exam with Dr. Shefali Tuli and the Sherway Dentistry team in Etobicoke, Ontario, call 416.639.2546.

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